Each toy stands about 8 inches tall. Internal parts are covered in fabric and some stuffing, but due to the inner workings, the toy is not a true "stuffed animal." Unlike traditional mechanical plush toys, the bulk of the hard pieces are located in this toy's head instead of the belly.
Gently squeeze the back of the head to instantly change the facial expression from friend to beast.
The premise of the toy is simple. Squeeze the back of the head to trigger an abrupt change in the facial expression. A grin turns to a grimace in a flash, then goes back to the original expression once the head is released.
The body is like any other stuffed animal, with the mechanism for the expression change located in the head. Most kids seem to be okay cuddling with the toy, though the hard plastic parts on the face may not make it the best bedtime buddy.
We’re serious about being wary of dogs. Once dogs see the face change, they’re going to respond to the sharp teeth, which is a clear signal that the dog is being threatened. Most dogs will tuck tail and slink away, unsure as to why their beloved family would bring a tiny death goblin into their home, but a few may not react so passively. Just be nice, and don’t terrorize the dog. Dogs are good people.
As mentioned above, since December 2016, complaints have appeared regarding a noticeable drop in toy quality. Some toys will fail to change expression, getting stuck in the angry position, and may require manual pressing of the eyebrows and mouth to reset the toy. Some users have received toys with seams already splitting open, with other seams unraveling within the first week. A few buyers have complained of parts falling off the toy, particularly the eyebrows. While we are not concerned with any choking hazard, as this toy is not meant for toddlers, we are disappointed in the lack of quality control. Most of the toys arrive working fine and with no visible problems, though we highly recommend inspecting the toy for damage upon arrival, to ensure the timeframe for returns is not passed.
Feisty Pets UK
We were also made aware of some shady business for our friends across the pond. Feisty Pets UK, one of the first authorized UK distributors for the toy, has apparently been accepting orders without the merchandise to fill them. Angry customers have been reporting to a Facebook group, Feisty Pets UK We Want the Truth, in the hopes of finding a way to make the company hear them. Many of the page members have not received their order after months of waiting, and their communications with the distributor have been ignored.
We contacted the manufacturer, William Mark Corporation (WMC) for clarification on the issue, and have not heard back. If you purchased a toy through Feisty Pets UK, have not received your order, and are being ignored, please contact whatever service you used to complete the transaction. That could be your bank, credit card company, or PayPal.
For those still wanting to purchase a Feisty Pet, particularly those in the UK, we highly recommend either going through Amazon, or finding the toy in-store.
- Spot-clean and area with a damp cloth
- Do NOT put through a washing machine
To see other toy cleaning methods, check out our Cleaning Guide to Toys.
Parts and Pieces
There are a number of Feisty Pets to choose from, so it should be easy to please just about anyone.
We’re worried about how the construction quality has decreased since December.